October 2013

2014 KCrew auditions set for October 26

The Royals will hold auditions for the 2014 KCrew on Saturday, October 26 at Kauffman Stadium. First formed in 2007, the KCrew is an all-female fan interactive squad dedicated to entertaining Royals fans both at the ballpark and at community events around Kansas City.

To audition for the 2014 KCrew, individuals must be at least 18 years of age by April 1, 2014, and produce a valid ID. Applicants are also required to live in or close to the Kansas City metropolitan area and must be able to attend all rehearsals, designated games, community events and other mandatory appearances. Baseball knowledge as well as prior performance, entertainment, public relations and/or broadcasting experience is preferred. Candidates may not be presently affiliated with or be a representative of any other semi-professional or professional athletic franchise.
For a complete list of audition requirements, please visit www.royals.com/kcrew.
Individuals interested in auditioning for the KCrew must pre-register by Monday, October 18. In addition to a completed application and signed release form, both available at www.royals.com/kcrew, applicants are also required to provide both a full-length and head shot color photo and pay a $10 non-refundable application processing fee. Required materials may be submitted by one of the following two options: 1) Mail to: KCrew Auditions, One Royal Way, Kansas City, MO 64129; or 2) Drop-off at Kauffman Stadium Gate C.
Invitations to the audition will be sent via email on Tuesday, October 22.

For more information on the 2014 KCrew auditions, please call (816) 504-4436 or email kcrew@royals.com.

Dayton Moore and Ned Yost Press Conference Notes

Today the Royals announced they signed their manager, Ned Yost, to a two-year extension.  General Manager Dayton Moore and Yost met with the media for a season recap and to discuss the skipper’s new deal.

Moore was asked about the reasons the Royals chose to bring back Yost as the manager.

“He is a competitor for one. Our relationship is very strong. He is very open, direct and transparent. That is how he leads. He leads that way with our players and with our front office.” Moore went on to say, “We all have different ideas and suggestions. You have to have relationships that work and are trusting. When we convey an idea from the front office to Ned it is always portrayed in the right way. It is not us against them and the continuity we have here in Kansas City is crucial. We have said that from day one.”

The Royals finished the season ten games over .500 at 86-76. The 86 victories were the most since winning 92 games in 1989. There are high hopes that 2014 could be a special year in Kansas City. The GM was asked if the Royals could win next year and what they will do to fill in some holes.

“Absolutely,” said Moore.

“Look at our roster. I believe that all our players that are signed long-term or under team control are going to get better. That is a comforting feeling. Is it just going to happen? No. They are going to have to continue to work hard, apply instructions and make adjustments. They are going to have to continue to commit to becoming great players.” Dayton added that the team would look at different avenues to improve the roster from looking internally, via a trade or attaining a free agent. He also noted that maintaining their strong pitching and defense would be vital to the team’s success.

By Kent Klooster

Royals manager Ned Yost agrees to two-year extension

The Royals announced today that manager Ned Yost has agreed to a two-year extension that runs through the 2015 season.
Yost, who just completed his fourth year in Kansas City, led the Royals to their first winning season since 2003 and the most victories (86) since the club won 92 games in 1989.  The 2013 squad recorded 42 wins after the All-Star break, which were the most in the American League, while the club’s 14-game improvement from its 2012 record was the third-best in the league.
Yost is 741-831 in 10 seasons as a Major League manager.  His 741 career wins rank 81st all-time and are 12th among active managers in the Major Leagues.

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